If nothing else, the Charlotte Knights have been quick out of the gate this year.
The Knights are off to their best start since 2003 and hold a 7-3 record in the first 10 tames of the year.
Knights closer Ehren Wasserman entered the game in the ninth inning Sunday to save things for Charlotte in the 6-5 win. He walked one and allowed no hits to seal the deal for the Knights. Wasserman leads the International league in saves with five.
White Sox outfielder and former Knight Jerry Owens began a major league rehab assignment with the Knights. The speedy Owens started in center field and batted leadoff for Charlotte.
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In their home opener, the Knights won 4-1 and drew 7,929 people. With the game tied at 1-1, third baseman Josh Fields smacked his first home run in the sixth inning, giving Charlotte a 2-1 lead that they would never relinquish. Fields, who hit more than 20 homers last year for the Sox, was 4-4 on the night with a double and two RBIs.
Last Thursday's game against Toledo was postponed due to rain and will be made up as a double header May 9 in Charlotte.
The newest addition that fans may notice attending Knights baseball games in 2008 will not be seen on the field --but on the way into the ballpark.
Since the 2007 season ended, a new roadway leading into the ballpark has opened, granting fans easier access into the stadium parking lots.
The new roadway is Gold Hill Commons Parkway and is located a quarter of a mile on the right, past the main entrance at Deerfield Drive. Fans using this entrance will park in Lots 1 and 2 located on the first base side of the stadium near the former Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets basketball training facility. Parking at Knights games is $3 per vehicle.
Fans exiting out of Gold Hill Commons Parkway will only be allowed to turn right out onto Gold Hill Road, which will lead them to Carowinds Boulevard/Hwy. 21.
Charlotte Knights upcoming games and last week's results
• April 16 vs. Scranton, 11:15 a.m.
• April 17 vs. Scranton, 7:15 p.m.
• April 18 vs. Scranton, 7:15 p.m.
• April 19 at Richmond, 7 p.m.
• April 20 at Richmond, 2 p.m.
• April 21 at Richmond, 1 p.m.
• April 22 at Durham, 7:05 p.m.